KOCH BROS. TAP TOP GOP SHOP
Koch Industries, the privately held conglomerate controlled by Charles and David Koch, has signed on at powerhouse Republican firm Clark Lytle & Geduldig.
The firm represents Koch Companies Public Sector, which is the D.C. office of Wichita-based Koch, on energy, trade and investment issues.
Roll Call, reported May 1 that revenues at CL&G have soared since the GOP takeover of Congress last year.
Earlier this year, the firm strengthened those GOP ties by recruiting Jay Cranford, a policy aide to House Speaker John Boehner, to boost its energy and technology client roster. CL&G partner Sam Geduldig once worked for Boehner and Congressman Roy Blunt, who is now Missouri’s Senator.
Other CL&G staffers working the Koch business are Steve Clark, ex-government affairs VP at Ameritech; Gary Lytle, former senior VP-federal affairs at Qwest; Deborah Pryce, ex-Republican Rep. from Ohio, and Amy Wren, finance director to ex-Majority Leader Tom Delay.
H-P SHUFFLES COMMUNICATIONS
Hewlett-Packard, which is mulling a spinoff of its PC business, has reassigned its top communications executive to a “special assignment” and put corporate communications under its chief marketing officer.
Bill Wohl, who joined H-P as chief comms. officer in January, is taking on a role to burnish H-P’s software operations after H-P last month moved to acquire software provider Autonomy in an $11.7B deal.
H-P’s corporate communications will now be led by chief marketing officer Marty Homlish and marketing VP Lynn Anderson. Wohl worked with Homlish and H-P CEO Leo Apotheker at SAP.
H-P is considering a spinoff of its personal computer operation as a shift in its operations.
MORRELL TO HEAD BP’s US PR
Former Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell has been tapped to head communications for BP America as the company continues a long slog toward repairing its image in the wake of the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
Morrell stepped down as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs in June, following Secretary Robert Gates out the door after four years spanning the Bush and Obama administrations. He was previously a TV journalist, exiting ABC News for the Pentagon in 2007 after covering the White House.
At BP, he reports to U.K.-based Peter Henshaw, group head of communications, and oversees the company’s internal and external communications in the Americas.